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What is the biggest threat currently facing independent pet stores?

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  1. Misguided legislation/regulation (15.8%)
  2. Uncertain economy (21.1%)
  3. Competition from mass/grocery retailers (10.5%)
  4. Competition from big-box pet stores (36.8%)
  5. Declining ownership in certain pet categories (5.3%)
  6. Supplier consolidation (10.5%)

How big of an impact will shifting consumer demographics have on the pet industry?

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  1. It will cause contraction in the industry (11.1%)
  2. It will permanently slow industry growth (16.7%)
  3. It will temporarily slow industry growth (44.4%)
  4. It will not slow the industry down at all (27.8%)

How do you expect distributor consolidation to impact your retail business?

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  1. It will hurt my business (55.0%)
  2. It will help my business (30.0%)
  3. It won't affect my business (15.0%)

What is the most important factor when evaluating natural products for your store?

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  1. ingredients (50.0%)
  2. country of origin (20.8%)
  3. packaging (4.2%)
  4. manufacturer reputation (12.5%)
  5. third-party cerification (8.3%)

How do you expect the Affordable Care Act to impact your business?

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  1. It will hurt my business (43.8%)
  2. It will help my business (31.2%)
  3. The jury is still out (25.0%)